In today’s marketplace, paper comes in so many forms and is a perfect fit for my creative, yet budget-conscious, brain. So, if you’re looking for new ways to transform your fireplace from Winter to Spring (and Easter), read on because I think you’ll like the creative way I found to incorporate 3 different paper products to create 2 new designs.
For the first fireplace look, SCRAPBOOK PAPER helped me create an “Art Comes Alive” look above The Seasonal Home’s family room mantel.
Tracing around a wood butterfly shape (Hobby Lobby – 50 cents) created the large butterflies and a cookie cutter (I already owned) helped me create the smaller butterflies. Because I have a hard surface surrounding my fireplace, I was able to use dots of hot glue, from a low-melt glue gun, to attach my butterflies to this surface. You could also use “Tack It” (office supply dept.) or COMMAND strips to attach them to more delicate surfaces.
I found the vintage frame at a thrift store ($3), lightly spray painted it white and placed it on the mantel. [NOTE: Typically, these are reasonable if they don’t have artwork in them]. The yellow clay pots are a recycle from a look I created last Easter (http://seasonalhome.wordpress.com/2011/03/07/yellow-at-easter-its-not-just-for-chicks-anymore/ )… so, “zero” dollars. The aqua, polka-dotted bunnies ($3.99 each) and the yellow, polka-dotted candles ($4.99 each) are both from Old Time Pottery. The yellow vine came from a clearance section of one of my favorite local stores ($6.75) as did the aqua birdie ($1.99). I picked up the yellow gingham ribbon (see clay pot trim & mantel inset) at Joann’s, etc. for only $1.75 with a 50% off coupon and the large aqua flower at Hobby Lobby for $1.99. If you’re familiar with my blog, you’ll recognize my white candlesticks, bird nests and eggs because they roam somewhere different, every year, in The Seasonal Home.
For Part #2 of this look, I wanted to transition my fireplace hearth from Winter to Spring. In keeping with my nature look, I thought it would be a great idea to make a cushion, flanked by some green topiaries from around the house, to create a park bench feel and also, add additional seating for my Spring and Easter guests. The aqua gingham fabric, buttons, yellow bias tape & rope insert as well as the 2 bed pillows – $15.00 (Walmart). So, this entire idea cost $47 to create and I love the fresh look!
For the second look, I used two different paper products – Green, plaid Hallmark gift wrap (love this stuff because the lines on the opposite side make it easy to cut straight! lol) and white poster board (50 cents), both from Walmart ($4). I taped a large piece of gift wrap to the back wall & upper inset of the fireplace and removed the logs/grate, to replace it with Dept. 56 artificial grass ($14), edged out with artificial lettuce leaves, to create a base for my 2 sitting, Mom & baby bunnies and used fuzzy Christmas snowball ornaments for their tails. Finally, I dotted the grass with a few small daisies and also sprinkled them on the mantel and around the large, white bunny cookie jar (sitting inside the cabbage plate) to create continuity.
On the mantel, I used items you’ll also recognize from previous posts, including the wreath, which is the yellow & white daisy wreath from the post I shared above. I simply added a few different colored flowers to it. And of course, I simply cannot decorate for ANY holiday without filling up one of my apothecary jars. This time I added a set of glittered Easter Eggs.
On the side table, you’ll recognize another one of my white candlesticks, on top of which I placed a small clay pot of pink daisies. You can place SO many different things on top of candlesticks during different seasons, so I highly recommend investing in a set of these to help with your decorating.
This look would be hard to price out for you because I used many items I already had, but it turned out to be one of my favorite looks because it’s so bright & cheery!